Just the back yard!? Nah, I want the front and side yards landscaped in natives too.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Appreciating Subtle Beauty

I don't often appreciate the beauty of goldenrod seed-heads, but today with the sun low in the sky behind them, I was drawn to this patch. I had to run in to get the camera.

Some of the asters seem to be picked clean, while others still have plenty of fluffy seeds. While taking the pictures and admiring the beauty, this thought came to my mind: Why would anyone be satisfied with just a neatly manicured lawn?


Ellen Honeycutt said...

They are beautiful indeed. Your last comment made me smile. Why indeed?

David said...

Thank you, Ellen. :)

That thought is what made me really want to post it. I find that there is so much more to look at and enjoy by welcoming nature into the yard. Glad you agree.

Rebecca said...

Thanks for these pictures, David. I left some goldenrod seedheads, too, but our asters are all picked clean--some by the birds, and some by me, so I can start the seeds to expand the garden next year.

David said...

You are welcome, Rebecca. :)

Many of my asters are picked clean, but one "bush" seems left untouched. I have to wonder why--especially since they are right next to each other. In the summer, I did notice that the pollinators seemed a bit more interested in this particular aster, but apparently the birds are not. Glad it is useful to the pollinators at least.

As for collecting seeds to expand your garden, I'm all for that! I've been doing it on a small scale for the past three years...this year, I plan to plant a LOT more and hope to have plenty of seedlings to transplant to make more of an impact. It takes a LOT of plants to fill two acres--but just think what it will look like as it fills in!

Good luck with your plantings.